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Jan. 27, 1992
Jan. 27, 1992

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OUR EXPERTS PREDICTS THE TOP FINISHERS IN ALL 55 EVENTS

ICE HOCKEY
Sweden, which defeated the Soviet Union for the 1991 world championship (photoabove), will field a formidable Olympic team that includes such former NHLplayers as Mats N‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√üslund, H‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√Ñ¢kan Loob, Bengt-‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√±ke Gustafsson and Thomas Rundqvist.The Soviet Union has won seven Olympic gold medals since 1956 but, as theUnified Team, has lost such key players as Sergei Makarov, Sergei Fedorov andAlexander Mogilny to the NHL. The relatively young team will have its handsfull with the more seasoned Canadians as well as with the Swedes.

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[GOLD]SWEDEN
[SILVER]CANADA
[BRONZE]UNIFIED TEAM*

*UNIFIED TEAM OFFORMER SOVIET REPUBLICS

Nordic Skiing
Elena Vialbe, from Siberia, should win a medal in all the women's cross-countryevents. If not for Italy's Stefania Belmondo in the classical races, Vialbewould be a safe bet for five golds. No one is likely to win a ski jumping medalwithout using the "V-style," in which a wide "V" is formed withthe skis, enabling the skier to fly farther. The Austrian jumpers should winthe team competition easily.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

Cross-Country

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

10 KM (CLASSICAL STYLE)

5 KM (CLASSICAL STYLE)

[GOLD]

VEGARD ULVANG, NORWAY

STEFANIA BELMONDO, ITALY

[SILVER]

TERJE LANGLI, NORWAY

ELENA VIALBE, UNIFIED TEAM

[BRONZE]

BJÖRN DÄHLIE, NORWAY

TRUDE DYBENDAHL, NORWAY

 
 

COMBINED PURSUIT*

COMBINED PURSUIT**

[GOLD]

TORGNY MOGREN, SWEDEN

ELENA VIALBE, UNIFIED TEAM

[SILVER]

BJÖRN DÄHLIE, NORWAY

MANUELA DI CENTA, ITALY

[BRONZE]

VLADIMIR SMIRNOV, UNIFIED TEAM

MARJUT LUKKARINEN, FINLAND

 
 

30 KM (CLASSICAL STYLE)

15 KM (CLASSICAL STYLE)

[GOLD]

VLADIMIR SMIRNOV, UNIFIED TEAM

STEFANIA BELMONDO, ITALY

[SILVER]

CHRISTER MAJBÄCK, SWEDEN

ELENA VIALBE, UNIFIED TEAM

[BRONZE]

TERJE LANGLI, NORWAY

MARJA-LIISA KIRVESNIEMI, FINLAND

 
 

50 KM (FREESTYLE)

30 KM (FREESTYLE)

[GOLD]

TORGNY MOGREN, SWEDEN

ELENA VIALBE, UNIFIED TEAM

[SILVER]

BJÖRN DÄHLIE, NORWAY

LJUBOV EGOROVA, UNIFIED TEAM

[BRONZE]

KRISTEN SKJELDAL, NORWAY

MARIE-HELENE WESTIN, SWEDEN

 
 

4 X 10-KM RELAY (MIXED STYLE)

4 X 5-KM RELAY (MIXED STYLE)

[GOLD]

NORWAY

UNIFIED TEAM

[SILVER]

SWEDEN

ITALY

[BRONZE]

ITALY

NORWAY

 
 

*10-KM CLASSICAL AND 15-KM FREESTYLE

**5-KM CLASSICAL AND 10-KM FREESTYLE

NORDICCOMBINED

INDIVIDUAL

[GOLD]KLAUSSULZENBACHER, AUSTRIA
[SILVER]TROND EINAR ELDEN, NORWAY
[BRONZE]FRED BORRE LUNDBERG, NORWAY

TEAM

[GOLD]NORWAY
[SILVER]AUSTRIA
[BRONZE]FRANCE

SKI JUMPING

NORMAL HILL

[GOLD]TONINIEMINEN, FINLAND
[SILVER]STEFAN ZUND, SWITZERLAND
[BRONZE]MARTIN HOLLWARTH, AUSTRIA

LARGE HILL

[GOLD]TONINIEMINEN, FINLAND
[SILVER]ANDREAS FELDER, AUSTRIA
[BRONZE]WERNER RATHMAYER, AUSTRIA

LARGE HILL,TEAM

[GOLD]AUSTRIA
[SILVER]FINLAND
[BRONZE]GERMANY

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

BIATHLON

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

10 KM

7.5 KM

[GOLD]

SERGET TCHEPIKOV, UNIFIED TEAM

SVETLANA DAVIDOVA, UNIFIED TEAM

[SILVER]

FRANK LUCK, GERMANY

USCHI DISI., GERMANY

[BRONZE]

ANDREAS ZINGERIE, ITALY

GRETE NYKKELMO, NORWAY

 

20 KM

15 KM

[GOLD]

MARK KIRCHNER, GERMANY

GRETE NYKKELMO, NORWAY

[SILVER]

SERGET TCHEPIKOV, UNIFIED TEAM

ELENA GOLOVINA, UNIFIED TEAM

[BRONZE]

GISLE FENNE, NORWAY

MYRIAM BEDARD, CANADA

 

4 X 7.5-KM RELAY

3 X 7.5-KM RELAY

[GOLD]

UNIFIED TEAM

UNIFIED TEAM

[SILVER]

GERMANY

GERMANY

[BRONZE]

NORWAY

NORWAY

 

FIGURE SKATING
World champion Kurt Browning of Canada has a slipped disk but a way of risingto the occasion. He was the first to land a quadruple jump in competition andhas since dazzled audiences with triple-triple combinations. If Japan's MidoriIto and world and U.S. champ Kristi Yamaguchi both perform flawlessly, Ito hasan advantage: the triple Axel.

MEN'S SINGLES

[GOLD]KURTBROWNING, CANADA
[SILVER]VIKTOR PETRENKO, UNIFIED TEAM
[BRONZE]CHRISTOPHER BOWMAN, U.S.A.

WOMEN'SSINGLES

[GOLD]MIDORI ITO,JAPAN
[SILVER]KRISTI YAMAGUCHI, U.S.A.
[BRONZE]TONYA HARDING, U.S.A.

PAIRS

[GOLD]MISHKUTIENOK/DMITRIEV, UNIFIED TEAM
[SILVER]BRASSEUR/EISLER, CANADA
[BRONZE]SCHWARZ/KONIG. GERMANY

DANCE

[GOLD]USOVA/ZHULIN, UNIFIED TEAM
[SILVER]KLIMOVA/PONOMARENKO, UNIFIED TEAM
[BRONZE]DUCHESNAY/DUCHESNAY, FRANCE

BOBSLED
The battle of the bobsleds appears to be a German versus Swiss affair.Switzerland's Gustav Weder is out to claim his first Olympic gold, having wonthree world championships. Germany's Wolfgang Hoppe has two Olympic golds andfour world titles, but an injured thigh muscle may slow him in the starts.

BOBSLED

TWO-MAN

[GOLD]WEDER/GERBER, SWITZERLAND
[SILVER]HOPPE/HANNEMAN, GERMANY
[BRONZE]LOCHNER/ZIMMERMANN, GERMANY

FOUR-MAN

[GOLD]SWITZERLANDI (DRIVER: WEDER)
[SILVER]GERMANY I (DRIVER: HOPPE)
[BRONZE]GERMANY II (DRIVER: CZUDAJ)

LUGE
Duncan Kennedy and Cammy Myler of the U.S. could take medals in the men's andwomen's singles, but the golds will go to Austrian or German athletes, who havewon 18 of 21 Olympic golds in luge since '64.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

LUGE

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

SINGLES

SINGLES

[GOLD]

MARKUS PROCK, AUSTRIA

SUSI ERDMANN, GERMANY

[SILVER]

GEORG HACKL, GERMANY

GABRIELL KOHLISCH, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

DUNCAN KENNEDY, U.S.A.

CAMMY MYLER, U.S.A.

 

DOUBLES

[GOLD]

RAFEL/HUBER, ITALY

[SILVER]

KRAUSSE/BEHRENDT, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

MANKEL/RUDOLPH, GERMANY

ALPINE SKIING
If weather conditions allow the men's downhill to be held on Val d'Isère's newOlympic course, Switzerland's Franz Heinzer has the technique to win on thesteep and curvy terrain. If the race has to be switched to the flatter andfaster Oreiller-Killy course, AJ Kitt of the U.S. could earn a medal, possiblygold. Petra Kronberger is being challenged in the women's downhill and combinedby Austrian teammate Sabine Ginther, while Alberto Tomba of Italy and VreniSchneider of Switzerland should repeat as double Olympic champs. Moguls worldchamp Donna Weinbrecht is a favorite for the gold in freestyle.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

ALPINE SKIING

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

DOWNHILL

DOWNHILL

[GOLD]

FRANZ HEINZER, SWITZERLAND

PETRA KRONBERGER, AUSTRIA

[SILVER]

AJ KITT, U.S.A.

KATJA SEIZINGER, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

PATRICK ORTLIEB, AUSTRIA

SABINE GINTHER, AUSTRIA

 

SUPER G

SUPER G

[GOLD]

MARC GIRARDELLI, LUXEMBOURG

CAROLE MERLE, FRANCE

[SILVER]

PAUL ACCOLA, SWITZERLAND

PETRA KRONBERGER, AUSTRIA

[BRONZE]

STEFAN EBERHARTER, AUSTRIA

ULRIKE MAIER, AUSTRIA

 

GIANT SLALOM

GIANT SLALOM

[GOLD]

ALBERTO TOMBA, ITALY

VRENI SCHNEIDER, SWITZERLAND

[SILVER]

STEVE LOCHER, SWITZERLAND

DEBORAH COMPAGNONI, ITALY

[BRONZE]

SERGIO BERGAMELLI, ITALY

EVA TWARDOKENS, U.S.A.

 

SLALOM

SLALOM

[GOLD]

ALBERTO TOMBA, ITALY

VRENI SCHNEIDER, SWITZERLAND

[SILVER]

FINN CHRISTIAN JAGGE, NORWAY

BLANCA FERNANDEZ OCHOA, SPAIN

[BRONZE]

PAUL ACCOLA, SWITZERLAND

JULIE PARISIEN, U.S.A.

 

COMBINED

COMBINED

[GOLD]

MARC GIRARDELLI, LUXEMBOURG

PETRA KRONBERGER, AUSTRIA

[SILVER]

PAUL ACCOLA, SWITZERLAND

SABINE GINTHER, AUSTRIA

[BRONZE]

OLE KRISTIAN FURSETH, NORWAY

CHANTAL BOURNISSEN, SWITZERLAND

 

FREESTYLESKIING

MEN
MOGULS

[GOLD]EDGARGROSPIRON, FRANCE
[SILVER]JEAN-LUC BRASSARD, CANADA
[BRONZE]NELSON GARMICHAEL, U.S.A.

WOMEN
MOGULS

[GOLD]DONNAWEINBRECHT, U.S.A.
[SILVER]STINE LISE HATTESTAD, NORWAY
[BRONZE]RAPHAELLE MONOD, FRANCE

SPEED SKATING
Germany's Gunda Niemann is on track for three medals, but she'll be up againstYvonne van Gennip of the Netherlands, an '88 triple gold medalist. U.S. hopesride with Bonnie Blair, who should win the 500 and 1,00, and Dan Jansen, whofaces Olympic champ Uwe-Jens Mey of Germany in a 500 too close to call.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

SPEED SKATING

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

500 METERS

500 METERS

[GOLD]

DAN JANSEN, U.S.A.

BONNTE BLAIR, U.S.A.

[SILVER]

UWE-JENS MEY, GERMANY

YE QIAOBO, CHINA

[BRONZE]

YASUNORI MIYABE, JAPAN

CHRISTINE AAFTINK, THE NETHERLANDS

 

1,000 METERS

1,000 METERS

[GOLD]

IGOR ZHELEZOVSKI, UNIFIED TEAM

BONNIE BLAIR, U.S.A.

[SILVER]

ERIC FLAIM, U.S.A.

MONIQUE GARBRECHT, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

TOSHIYUKI KUROIWA, JAPAN

CHRISTINE AAFTINK, THE NETHERLANDS

 

1,500 METERS

1,500 METERS

[GOLD]

JOHANN OLAY KOSS, NORWAY

GUNDA NIEMANN, GERMANY

[SILVER]

FALKO ZANDSTRA, THE NETHERLANDS

YVONNE VAN GENNIP, THE NETHERLANDS

[BRONZE]

ROBERTO SIGHEL, ITALY

EMESE HUNYADY, AUSTRIA

 

5,000 METERS

3,000 METERS

[GOLD]

JOHAN OLAV KOSS, NORWAY

YVONNE VAN GENNIP, THE NETHERLANDS

[SILVER]

LEO VISSER, THE NETHERLANDS

GUNDA NIEMANN, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

BART VELDKAMP, THE NETHERLANDS

LIA VAN SCHIE, THE NETHERLANDS

 

10,000 METERS

5,000 METERS

[GOLD]

GEIR KARLSTAD, NORWAY

CARLA ZIJISTRA, THE NETHERLANDS

[SILVER]

BART VELDKAMP, THE NETHERLANDS

GUNDA NIEMANN, GERMANY

[BRONZE]

JOHAN OLAV KOSS, NORWAY

HEIKE WARNICKE, GERMANY

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

SHORT TRACK

 

MEN

WOMEN

 

1,000 METERS

500 METERS

[GOLD]

WILF O'REILLY, GREAT BRITAIN

ZHANG YAMEI, CHINA

[SILVER]

GREET BLANCHART, BELGIUM

SYLVIE DAIGLE, CANADA

[BRONZE]

KIM KI HOON, SOUTH KOREA

MONIQUE VELZEBOER, THE NETHERLANDS

 

5,000-METER RELAY

3,000-METER RELAY

[GOLD]

AUSTRALIA

CANADA

[SILVER]

SOUTH KOREA

CHINA

[BRONZE]

NEW ZEALAND

UNIFIED TEAM

PHOTOARI OJALA/LEHTIKUVAPHOTOOLAV OLSEN/SCANFOTO (VIALBE)ELENA VIALBE UNIFIED TEAMPHOTOMAURITZ ANTIN/LEHTIKUVA (NIEMINEN)TONI NEMINEN FINLANDPHOTOLINE MOLLER/SCANFOTO (NYKKELMO)GRETE NYKKELMO NORWAYPHOTOHEINZ KLUETMEIR (ITO)MIDORI ITO JAPANPHOTONANCIE BATTAGLIA (PROCK)MARKUS PROCK AUSTRIAPHOTOBONGARTS (WEDER)GUSTAV WEDER SWITZERLANDPHOTOLORI ADAMSKI-PEEK (HEINZER)FRANZ HEINER SWITZERLANDPHOTOBOB MARTIN/ALLSPORT (GIRARDELLI)MARC GIRARDELLI LUXEMBOURGPHOTOCARL YARBROUGH (WEINBRECHT)DONNA WEINBRECHT U.S.A.PHOTORICK STEWART/ALLSPORT USA (GROSPIRON)EDGAR GROSPIRON FRANCEPHOTOCARL YARBROUGHDAN JANSEN U.S.A.EIGHTEEN PHOTOSLANE STEWARTTWO PHOTOS